Knight News
February 26, 2021
Congrats to Upper School receptionist Ivette Nelson for being our Knight Staff Superstar and embodying the International Baccalaureate learner profile attribute of being caring!
 
When we are caring we show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
 
According to her nominees, Mrs. Nelson does an amazing job of connecting with all of our Upper School families. She's extremely helpful and is always willing to take on different tasks. Mrs. Nelson often calls our Spanish speaking families to communicate important information to them on behalf of the teachers and staff. She treats every person who walks into the Upper School office with care. Her smile and genuine interest in people makes them feel immediately at ease. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Nelson at York Academy!
 
Thank you, Mrs. Nelson, for sharing your positivity and kindness with our York Academy family and everyone you meet. You are appreciated!
Schedule Your Student-Led Conference by Monday (3/1)
Please make sure to sign up for your child's Student-Led Conference in their Canvas Account by Monday, March 1. In order to schedule a time, the student must log into Canvas, select "View Course Calendar" and then select "Find Appointment." The appointments show under March 4 and March 5. Click here for the instructions that were shared previously by all teachers.

Click below for details regarding signing up for Upper School conferences.
Second Graders Design Marshmallow Towers
Second graders in Ms. Schmid's class are learning about the building blocks of matter in their science unit. They were challenged to create a model of a tower out of marshmallows. It had to meet specific criteria:
 
  • must be over 6 inches tall
  • must stand on its own for 5 or more seconds
  • may only use the provided materials
 
Students drew a plan and built their marshmallow tower based on the model. They connected their plans to their developing understanding of perspective. The students discussed how their own perspective on various situations may differ from someone else's. As they created their towers, many recognized that they needed to change their plan in order to meet the criteria. They were very engaged and supportive of their classmates as they faced challenges during construction!
Upper School Newsletter: The Round Table
by Carol Alvarnaz, MYP Coordinator & Instructional Coach
Click here or on the graphic to read this week's Upper School newsletter, "The Round Table" from Mrs. Alvarnaz.

You can sign up for conferences, learn how Mrs. Fedorko is celebrating Black History Month in her classes and read an amazing poem written by two of our eighth graders. Also, make sure to save the date for Trivia Night on Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome!
Spring Sports: Complete the Extracurricular Form
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If you child is participating in a spring sport in your home district, please review, complete and return a signed copy of the Extracurricular Form. If you have any questions in regards to eligibility, please email Mrs. Eshelman (Lower School) or Mrs. Abreu (Upper School).
Notes from the Kitchen
by Regina Arnold, Food Services Manager
March is right around the corner, which means a variety of fruits and vegetables are at their peak. The cold crops are in the ground and now being harvested. They include artichokes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, leeks and lettuce, along with lots of root vegetables. 

But this month, the pineapple shines. When choosing a fresh pineapple don’t look for the prettiest one. Look for one that has a firm shell, is slightly yellow/brownish at the bottom and gives a little when you squeeze it. I always look for the ugly duckling in the bunch. Here is a short video on how to cut up a pineapple. The acid in the pineapple makes it a bit slippery to hold onto, so take extra care and time when cutting it. Make sure to keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for many days, but I bet it won’t last that long!

As a reminder, breakfast and lunch are served free to all students every day. Check out the March menus here. As you can see, we offer a wide variety of meals. In addition, we serve free meals curbside at the Upper School for our virtual students and any children in the community under 18 (Monday - Friday). The menu for curbside is the same as the Upper School menu. 

I know I am not alone in being excited that spring is coming. I love seeing the sun out a bit longer each day, and the warmer afternoons. Let’s hope the winter weather is behind us and that bright sunny days are ahead. 

Eat well and be healthy,
Ms Gina
Read Across America Festivities
Next week is Read Across America Week! We're ready to celebrate and hope you will encourage your child to participate, too! Make sure to add to the padlet, too!
Flashback Friday: 2020 Black History Month Celebration
Let's take a minute to flash back to last February. Mrs. Daniels and our Upper School students hosted an inspiring, uplifting Black History Month Celebration. The house was packed (pre-COVID)!

The students honored the men and women who paved the way and made a difference through spoken word, song and dance. The program was written by eleventh grader Joy Agummadu with assistance from her mother, Paris. Enjoy Joy's passionate interpretation of Maya Angelou's "Caged Bird" below.
Apply Now for Next School Year
Applications are being accepted for the 2021-22 school year through March 31!

Please invite your friends/family to our upcoming Open Houses so they can be part of the York Academy family! The events will be held at both schools at the same time on:

  • Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

RSVPs are not required, but social distancing and masks are. Children are welcome. Click here for more details about the application process.

IMPORTANT: If you have a sibling that you'd like to enroll, or your child is currently on the waiting list, you will still need to complete an application to be part of the lottery for next school year. Apply now!
Tenth Grader Featured for Thank You Card Project
Tenth grader Morgan Mullins was featured in the York Dispatch today for her efforts to provide 3,000 cards to thank local front line workers. Click here to read the story.

Cards are still being accepted. If your child would like to create one to share their appreciation, they may give them to their teacher or bring them to the office next week.
Kids Heart Challenge Update
We're almost there, Knights! As of this week, we've raised $6,169.49 for our annual Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser! Woo hoo!

Remember, the goal is to raise $7,000 by Friday, March 12 to be able to attack Miss Kinard with silly string!
The Kids Heart Challenge event will take place during PE class from March 2 - 12. All donations are due by March 12. You can still register! Click here to participate.
3/3
Virtual Wednesday

3/4 & 5
Student-Led Conferences
3/10
Virtual Wednesday & Early Dismissal

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